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What is the NDIS?

The NDIS is Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Through the NDIS people with a disability that is, or is likely to be, permanent will be able to access lifetime support, and have choice and control over their supports to maximise their wellbeing and independence. The NDIS will include early intervention and will also provide connections, information and referral.

Why is the evaluation of the trial of the NDIS important?

The evaluation is designed so that we will be able to see the impact of the trial of the NDIS. Knowing what is happening and changing in the lives of NDIS participants (and their families and carers) ensures that the people who will be most affected can have a say in how the full program is rolled out across Australia.

It also provides an avenue for disability support providers and their employees and mainstream providers and services to contribute to understanding the impact of the NDIS on the ways supports are offered.

Where will the evaluation take place?

The evaluation will take place in the following states

  • South Australia
  • Hunter region of New South Wales
  • Barwon area of Victoria
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Barkly region of the Northern Territory

Who will be doing the evaluation?

The National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), based at Flinders University, South Australia is leading the Evaluation team.

The team comprises expertise in disability studies, economics, statistics, survey design, evaluation, sociology, social work, mixed methods analyses, and economic and social policy.

Please refer to the About Us page of this website for details of these organisations and individuals.

What will the evaluation involve?

Key components of the evaluation include:

  • Engagement of individuals, organisations or communities that have a direct interest in the process and outcomes of the project, research or policy endeavour starting in November 2013 and continuing throughout the evaluation.
  • Large scale surveys of people with disability and their families and carers are available in a range of accessible versions to optimise participation.  NDIS participants and potential NDIS participants who are not in the trial sites are asked about their experiences of disability supports. Separately, the carers and families of those taking part in the survey are being asked about their experience.
  • Disability support providers and mainstream providers and services to participate in specifically designed surveys.

In addition, the evaluation team will invite NDIS participants and people who are currently not NDIS participants, and their families and carers, disability support providers, employers, peak welfare organisations, National Disability Insurance Agency staff (LACs, planner, managerial) and others affected by or concerned with the new scheme to take part in one-to-one interviews or group discussions.

How will I know that the evaluator is genuine?

Evaluators who will conduct one-to-one interviews, group discussions or the large-scale surveys will carry with them personal ID and accreditation letters that confirm their association with the evaluation.

Evaluators who may contact you by email or telephone will always provide a toll-free helpline number and their person ID. You may use the helpline to verify the identity of the individual.

Does the evaluation have ethics approval?

This research project has been approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee. For more information regarding ethical approval of the project the Executive Officer of the Committee can be contacted by telephone on 08 8201 3116, by fax on 08 8201 2035 or by email Please cite the relevant project number:

  • Surveys with people with disability, and their families and carers- 6245
  • Surveys with disability service providers and employees- 6227
  • In-depth interviews and focus groups- 6244  

The evaluation of the trial of the NDIS in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory has also been approved by the Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC). Please cite project number HREC-14-251.

How can I stay informed about the evaluation?

We aim to regularly update this website. Please come back and check for the latest news on the evaluation.